Wild Meadows

Little Hartley, NSW, 2790

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A rural garden designed by horticulturist Stephen Vella opens his garden to the public. This contemporary, naturalistic garden with masses of flowery meadows & woodlands that complement each other,hence the name 'Wild Meadows'. The plantings of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials,bulbs and grasses display seasonal change from spring's subtle greens to summer riots of color,autumn berries and turning of leaves to winter russets and beautiful seed heads. Come and Enjoy the beauty and be inspired

Open Garden Dates/Times

Last open May 2018 Check later for future dates
Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces

Location & Contact Info

  • Little Hartley, NSW, 2790

Local Climate Zone: 8-9 - Cool Temperate to Alpine

Summer avg. Max: 24°C Winter avg. Min: 2°C
Avg Frost Days:57
Annual Rainfall avg: 1120mm. Summer avg. 361mm.
No. of rainy days: 51 Winter avg. 199mm.

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Spring displays

Spring is a mixture of fresh greens and color from bulbs and herbaceous plantings that awaken from winters rest.In a matter of weeks these displays come and go and are followed by others to make the garden that more interesting. Here Siberian Iris and purple Hesperis intermingle with other and dominate the meadows.

Summer Lilliums, Monarda and Alliums

The herbaceous displays reach their peak in December and the color and aromatic smells carry through the garden. The garden is buzzing literally with bees and butterflies looking for nectar where Lilliums,Salvias,Monarda, Agastache and Dahlias to mention a few take center stage.

Summer riot.

The meadow displays various flower forms, color and heights in January. With Veronicastrum, Echinacea, Monarda, and Dahlias its a calming color scheme and a delight to see.

Autumn tones.

There's plenty of Autumn interest in this garden. The Crab apples, Maples, and Pears display changing colors in their leaves to reds, oranges and yellows. Berries hang on Viburnums and Callicarpa in red and purple. The dwarf conifers of Picea and Abies are very structural and give green backing to herbaceous plantings that stands tall with displays of Asters fluffy seed heads, russet tones in Sedums and Miscanthus, Veronicastrums tall spikes, Monarda with their tight seed heads and this carries the display through to winter. The small bird life particularly Blue wrens are very noticeable as they feed on seeds and berries and any bugs

A winter wonderland

It truly is a sight to see snow falling in the valley of Hartley. This garden looks beautiful in the snow. The garden structure truley shows and the herbaceous meadows are designed and held back from cutting down for this one off natural wonder of snow fall. The picture shows a Cornus (dogwood) tracery with remnants of Miscanthus and Eupatorium seedheads holding the powder snow.

Visitor Comments

Today I had the pleasure of attending Stephen's workshop on propagating. I have found his workshops to be an impressive combination of easy to understand theory and hands on experience. His generosity with all his knowledge makes for an inspirational as well as practical time spent in his stunning garden. Not to be missed! Claudia
Claudia - January 2017
The magnitude and beauty of this garden just takes your breath away. What Stephen has done in five years and continuing to do is inspirational . We were unbelievably lucky to be the only people visiting and Stephen took the time to personally walk us around the entire property. ... Stunning.
Liz - November 2015
A charming colourful garden developed with a plantsman's passion. I very much look forward to seeing Steve's vision as it unfolds & blooms, Sharon
Sharon - October 2015
This is a special garden, planting has made a garden full of colourful and picturesque scenes. The owner has a gift for composing colour and texture combinations
Annette - October 2015
I had the pleasure of visiting this magnificent garden earlier this year and am looking forward to seeing all its splendour again soon.
Matthew - October 2015

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